Electronic Tape Measures

March/April 2014
A version of this article appears in the March/April 2014 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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February 28, 2014
I visited several big-box stores and my local hardware store to collect information for this article on electronic tape measures. The dust on top of some of the packages was pretty thick, and there was a distinct lack of customer support information from the sales staff. Do the manufacturers know something the retail world doesn’t? To help answer that question, I did a quick survey of people in the energy auditor business. I was surprised to learn that only about half of the auditors I surveyed used electronic measuring tools. I think the technology may be ahead of the market. If you are going to invest in one of these devices, it is important to know how you intend to use the tool before you buy it.

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